Like most things in my life, once one thing starts up, I usually embark on a dozen. I’ll go through long stretches where I have time (and desire) to play 1000 games of All Star Baseball 2005 (yes, I still play that game), and then other times when I don’t have time to breath. I think I’ll soon be transitioning from the former to the latter.
First off, we expecting #2, affectionately named Peanut. Now, this seems like a huge deal, and don’t get me wrong, it is, but having done it all before, both Ash and I find that there’s not much to DO about it right now. I mean, he or she is just kinda gestating for a while, and Ashley is getting less and less comfortable, but our lifestyles only need minor tweaks right now.
So on top of that, I’m finally getting sick of not having a career in writing. So I’ve signed up for an online class in writing and getting your work published, and what’s more I have a short meeting set up with an agent who describes on his website that he’s looking for humor writing, both in fiction and non-fiction. What will I show him? My finally revised novel! Yes, the one I started in 1996. It’s undergone many rewrites in the past, but 6 months ago I began some pretty serious cleaving of the words. I trimmed it from 95k+ words to 82k+, almost 700 of which were adverbs. I also took out 1,400 commas. That tells you how unnecessarily convoluted the writing was. Now it’s necessarily convoluted. Either way, I’m excited about this prospect.
With the new one on the way, we also have about three dozen house projects (ranging from buying a light bulb for the fridge to completely overhauling the guest bedroom and setting up Landen with a new room). The outside needs work and we’ve neglected it enough.
Add to the top of that that I’m planning on playing two of the biggest disc golf events of the year this year (Worlds, which is the biggest, and an NT, which is in the top 10), and I need to get better and more in shape to do so, and you’ve got a recipe for a busy time.
All in all, though, I gotta say I’m pretty excited about the prospects this year. I won’t be as diligent in updating as Susan’s new blog, but I’ll do what I can. Who knows, maybe some day I’ll get over to the other blog and put some new Landen pics up there. He’s a cutie.